Baddies is my favourite brunch spot and mini Aussie escape in the city, located at Bloor and Lansdowne, not even a block from Lansdowne subway station.
I was a boring cereal for breakfast kind of girl most of my life. I thought of breakfast as more of a chore than a meal to take pleasure in consuming. I never understood the rage behind brunch either. It wasn’t until I went on my exchange in Australia that I truly began to appreciate breakfast and brunch. The coffee and brunch scene in Australia is incredible, something they take very seriously! The food they served was always so fresh, wholesome, and beautifully prepared (the dishes were almost to pretty to eat) and they source some of the best coffee beans in the world and prepare them with care! The only place in the city that I have found to compare to the food I consumed while on exchange is Baddies, and to no surprise Alex White, the owner, is from Sydney, Australia.
While I was living in Melbourne, Bondi was one of my favourite spots to travel to. With the Sydney inspired wallpaper, custom designed by Candice Kaye, Baddies makes me feel like I’m back in Australia. The space has large windows facing Lansdowne making it an open and inviting spot to eat, drink, and relax. I love that they don’t offer wifi and encourage people to talk to enjoy the company of those around them.
Along with it’s unique wallpaper, Baddies has been a hot spot for people posting picture’s in front of the “You Beauty” wall inside the space.
I have yet to try everything on the menu but with the amount of times I visit I’m sure it won’t be too long before I do. Like I mentioned, my favourite, go-to dish is the avo toast, but if you’re craving something sweet I definitely recommend the hot cake! Also, the bircher muesli is very filling and delicious! As for drinks, I almost always order a long black but the sticky chai and iced matcha are both very delicious, and the juices are all amazing as well!
I love that there’s something for people of all tastes, whether you’re vegan or want bacon! And Alex is constantly changing up the ingredients and toppings depending on the season!
I recently went to Baddies with a girlfriend of mine, Erica, the day of their summer menu soft-launch. We both ordered a different dish so we had the opportunity to try a bit of both. Erica ordered the smashed avo with a sticky chai and I ordered the hot cake with a long black.
For the summer the smashed avo is topped with heirloom cherry tomatoes, arugula, sliced jicama, and is beautifully plated alongside a smear of a yellow zucchini, goat cheese & honey spread. The bread Alex uses for his avo toast is the sourdough from Prairie Boy Bread, where they use only organic flour and grains, sea salt, water and a natural sourdough culture (nothing beats a place that uses fresh bread, in my opinion). Also this summer the hot cake is a buttermilk pancake that’s topped with seasonal fruit curd, a lemon sauce, chocolate lavender bark and garnishes.
If you have the chance or are in the area I definitely recommend stopping in and trying anything on the menu, you won't regret it!